“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it.” – Isadora Duncant
Flamenco dancing is a thunderous, soulful, sometimes melancholy dance that originated in Andalusia, Southern Spain. Watching these dancers expose their emotion and passion through their strong and precise motions is not only beautiful, but extremely moving. Flamenco combines pride, strength, pain, and passion through aggressive but purposeful movements with the dancers’ feet.
Modern Flamenco dance is a fusion of Moorish, Andalusian, Egyptian, Roman, Indian and Spanish folk style dance that the gypsies brought with them while fleeing their homelands in the fifteenth century and developed over hundreds of years. The art of Flamenco has developed over time, but it has never lost its core Gitano “Gypsy” foundation. Gitano was the term for the gypsies that entered Andalusia from Egypt and loosely applied to the fellow travelers that included beggars, criminals and runaway slaves, among others. These groups chose to disappear by being absorbed by the Gypsy communities. The common thread that bound these misfits together was persecution, and the emotion of this can be seen in the song, dance and music of Flamenco. During the early nineteenth century, Flamenco dance became more accessible to the public through festivals and shows performed at performance theaters called cafe castanets, the first of which was opened in Seville in 1842.
From the restaurant that brought you the longest running Flamenco Dinner Show in California, Cafe Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar is proud to present it’s newest dinner show. We invite you to enjoy an evening of Spanish and Gypsy flamenco dance, an authentic three-course meal and an atmosphere of European elegance and Mediterranean spirit. This event showcases the evolution of Flamenco dance through the fusion of Moorish, Andalusian and Spanish Folk dance performed by flamenco, gypsy, belly dancers, singers, percussionists and guitarists. Marvel at the passion, beauty and athleticism of this traditional art form as you enjoy an included dinner featuring a salad, the famous Spanish dish Paella Valenciana or short rib/salmon duet, and for dessert, Crema Catalana, the restaurant’s award-winning chocolate espresso creme brulee. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for à la carte purchase.
$59 per person (price does not include tax + 18% tip which will be added to check at end of show). Call 562-495-1111 to reserve. This is a prepaid show. Shows include a three course dinner. Doors at at 6:30PM, Show starts promptly at 7PM. Please note, we cannot permit children under 10 to attend the show.
Jennifer Larson, nicknamed “La Yeni”, started her dance training in a ballet studio at the age of six. She continued to dance throughout college, perfecting hip hop, modern dance, and eventually flamenco. She trained in Spain with Javier Cruz, Jose Galvan, Manolo Marin, and Belen Maya. Her dancing has been described as “cerebral and eloquent” by the LA Times, and “captivating” by La Opinion.
Antonio de Jerez is one of the most highly regarded flamenco singers currently in the United States. He was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – the birthplace of the art of Flamenco. His mother was a dancer and his father is a well known singer, so Flamenco lives in his roots. He writes his own lyrics, and has sung for the Jose Molina Ballet, the Rosa Montoya ballet, and the Boston Flamenco ballet.
Claudia was born in Monterey Mexico, with Andalusian blood originally from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Claudia initiated her profession in the world of dance when she was only 5 years old. She studies classic and contemporary ballet, jazz, flamenco, spanish classical, belly dance, tap and more. She has performed around the world, in theaters such as CSUF Grand Central Arts Center, Luckman Theater, Chapman University, and Festival Internacional Cervantino.
From Bulgarian descent, Bobby Solakov has played guitar for decades, playing up his eclectic styles of music before he became completely immersed in Flamenco. Bobby is fluent in Spanish and has a strong understanding of the lyrical language of Flamenco. He has performed at major concerts and events in both LA and Mexico, after beginning his studies with Paco Arroyo.
Tickets are non-refundable. However, tickets can be cancelled up to 8 days prior to the show but will be subject to a $15 cancellation fee. Tickets can also be transferred to another date up to 8 days prior to the show. Tickets can also be transferred to another party at any time before the show. Please call the reservations office at 562-495-1111 for ticket cancellations, date transfers or party transfers.